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February Titles // 2018

a walk from December in Tsawwassen

Not every month can be a great reading month (like last month!) but I'm in the middle of three good books not listed here, so watch out for March being title-heavy agian. Here's what I got to in the shortest month.

*The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld - It's been a long time since I read a fiction book in 2 days, but this was a total page-turner. It's our March book club pick, and everyone I've chatted with has said the same thing-they read it quickly and really liked it even though the topic is very heavy (yes, child abduction). The premise is that the Child Finder is a lady who has a successful time finding missing children because she herself was a 'lost child'. I'm not giving any more away but it's a shorter book-under 300 pages-and completely worth the read at 4 stars. 

*Full by Asheritah Ciuciu - This was a book I'd seen awhile back and just plopped it onto my amazon wish list so I'd remember it later. When I found out that Blaine's library carried it, I put a hold on it. It's a book about food issues and how one's spirituality and Christian perspective fits into all that. It was a solid 2.5-3 stars. I've read a few books like this and I'm just never overly satisfied. It's a total niche book, but could be helpful to some. 

*Love Unending by Becky Thompson - This was a spur of the moment grab at the library because it was early February, and this book was about loving your spouse well and remembering who you both were pre-marriage/kids/life circumstance that made things difficult. I liked this book not necessarily for the writing but for the idea that came with each chapter and the specific prayer that ended it. So while we don't celebrate Valentine's day, it was sort of a way to pursue praying for Stefan and my relationship in specific ways that I probably wouldn't have thought of on my own. Again, maybe 2.5-3 stars. Definitely decent.

Read Alouds with Kids

*Sophie Mouse #12: Journey to Crystal Cave by Poppy Green - Ani and I love reading the "Sophie Mouse" books and can finish them in one sitting because the words are huge and each page has at least 1/2 of it covered with cute illustrations. These books would be excellent for readers just beginning chapter books. This one is the story of Sophie and her friends discovering a crystal cave and what-or who-lies inside. Saccharine sweet, but fun to just indulge in with Ani when a new one comes out!

*Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (#4) by JK Rowling - Of course with every new HP book, the kids get more into the story, and can't wait for the next one and that happened with Goblet. This is my favorite book in the series because it's where the story becomes much deeper and more sophisticated. The TriWizard tournament is a contest between three wizarding schools and the tasks, new teachers, and wizarding community-wide events keep this as a page-turner and a long rabbit hole. 

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